13 of the Best Video Game Tattoo Designs

Gaming culture has gone from a nerd obsession to a massively popular pop culture phenomenon. Everyone and his brother has the latest version of Call of Duty, has sat around for days playing Grand Theft Auto, conquered dragons in Skyrim or won Super Bowls in Madden games. While the culture of video games is now mainstream and accepted as somewhat of an alternative lifestyle, there are still some people who crave being in an exclusionary group.

These folks are usually locked away for several hours or days at a time gripping a controller that is only lubricated with flop sweat and the grease from potato chips. They may look pale, and they often have a tough time acclimating to normal society after their gaming benders come to a conclusion. For some people, this lifestyle is a viable option. For others, things like work and family get in the way. If you want to show off your love for games and gaming culture, you should consider getting one of these 13 game tattoo designs instead.

Atari 2600 Collage Chest Tattoo

The Atari 2600 was arguably the first gaming console to bring the thrill of the arcade into homes around the world. This man shows off his love for classics like Q*bert and Pitfall in a chest tattoo that covers his upper body from shoulder to shoulder.

Atari
Atari 2600 Collage Chest Tattoo

8-bit Mario Ghosts

The ghosts in the castle levels in Super Mario Brothers were some of the toughest characters because you couldn’t get rid of them. This pair of tattoos shows their two states, the first when Mario is looking at them, and the second when they are on the attack when he is looking away.

8-bit Mario Ghosts
8-bit Mario Ghosts

Shoryuken

If you ever played Street Fighter, you already know the importance of mashing buttons. If you wanted some type of competitive edge in the game, it was important to learn combinations and moves. This is a great tattoo for memorizing the combination of buttons for one of Ken’s most powerful techniques.

Shoryuken
Shoryuken

Jenova from Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII was one of the first Playstation games to include an epic story as one of its selling features. The Jenova character, as shown in this tattoo, was a super-powered extraterrestrial whose cells were used to create super-powered soldiers.

Jenova
Jenova from Final Fantasy VII

Sub Zero Tattoo

If cold is your thing, maybe you should get a tattoo of the Sub Zero character from the Mortal Kombat games. It is a perfect tattoo design to show off your icy demeanor and also show off your appreciation for the fighting game that escalated things very quickly.

Sub Zero
Sub Zero Tattoo

Kingdom Hearts Full Arm Sleeve

Kingdown Hearts is like the celebrity telethon of video games. Pretty much every Disney character and every other character from the world of Playstation is loaded in there. It makes perfect sense to get a sleeve tattoo collage of all of the different characters from the game.

Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts Full Arm Sleeve

Solid Snake Hip Tattoo

The game Metal Gear Solid is all about using stealth to defeat your enemies, but there is nothing low key or unassuming about this gigantic hip tattoo of the main character Solid Snake.

Solid Snake
Solid Snake Hip Tattoo

8-bit Link

This tattoo of Link from The Legend of Zelda is a perfect representation of old school video game graphics and how everything used to look before it got all smooth and pretty to look at.

8-bit
8-bit Link

8-bit Hearts

Here is another 8-bit tatoo design that shows an iconic heart meter that was used in plenty of games on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and other early consoles.

hearts
8-bit Hearts

God of War

Are you looking for a video game tattoo that not only looks cool, but also strikes fear in the hearts of your enemies? Look no further than getting a tattoo of Cronos from the God of War franchise for intimidation purposes before your next gaming session.

God of War
God of War

The Konami Code

Contra was perhaps the most difficult Nintendo game of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. That is unless you knew this cheat code. Get it tattooed on yourself so you never forget it again.

Konami Code
The Konami Code

Game Over Finger Tattoos

There is a serious lack of two word, four letter phrases out there to get tattooed on your knuckles. If you are a fan of video games, you should take advantage of the convenience of getting this finger tattoo that proclaims the iconic phrase so many of us have heard time and time again.

Game Over
Game Over Finger Tattoos

Super Mario Abstract Collage

Super Mario Brothers is not just another video game, it is the video game. Show off your love for the most iconic game in the history of the industry with a sleeve tattoo dedicated to its many tropes.

Super Mario
Super Mario Abstract Collage

Whether you are an old school 8-bit gamer or a person who craves massive online multi-player action, getting a video game tattoo is the best way to show off your love and admiration for the iconic characters who you’ve learned to love, fear and fight.

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